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Offline paultom

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Chrondomalacia...what does this mean in every day terms
« on: September 11, 2005, 07:08:27 PM »
I had an MRI scan and it showed up that i had a grade 3 latteral patellar chrondomalacia...what is it? I have been told that the surgery required consists of minor holes being drilled in my knee to allow new cartlige to grow. Any one had this done
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Re: Chrondomalacia...what does this mean in every day terms
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2005, 07:24:16 PM »
Chondromalacia is the softening of the articular cartilage under the kneecap.  I varies from grade 1-4, 4 being the worst where there is actually no cartilage left and its bone rubbing on bone. The surgery your tallking about is called a microfracture, there are many who have had this, check in the arthritis board.
krista
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Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

May 26th/06-Torn ACL(RK)

June 14th/06-(LK)ACL graft recon, screw removal, menisectomy

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Re: Chrondomalacia...what does this mean in every day terms
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2005, 09:28:43 PM »
Check on the arthritis board--under bone marrow stimulation.

It's the surgery I had about 2 weeks ago.  Some people have a REAL hard time recovering--it's SLOW!, but others are able to do more right away.  I'm still confused about what is going on, but I'll let you know I'm not in much pain.

I do have a lot of swelling & can't walk normally yet, but I can walk without crutches and I am getting around without the pain meds.   Here's a link to check out:

http://www.steadman-hawkins.com/knee_microfracture/treat.asp

It really explains the procedure in detail, although the rehab is not what anyone I've talked to has followed.

GOod luck & keep us posted!   Pamela


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Re: Chrondomalacia...what does this mean in every day terms
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2005, 05:35:30 PM »
Thanks for the reply..that web site is very helpful, even if it has scared the life out of me. What grade did u have? Ws it painful? did you have it done privately or NHS?

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Re: Chrondomalacia...what does this mean in every day terms
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2005, 11:24:42 PM »
Hey Paultom,
I have grade 2-3 condro, yes it is painful. Actually my OS said that is the main source from my pain. I have not had a microfracture done though. Im getting a TTT in feb. and my OS is gonna clean off the back of my kenecap then. Hoe this helps,
krista
*16 years old*
Left Knee:
Torn:PCL, ACL, MCL
SEVERAL dislocations
Grade 3 Chondromalacia
Medial & Lateral Meniscus tears
Plica Syndrome
Sept 14th 2005-(LK)ACL recon, TTT, menisectomy,plica removal

May 26th/06-Torn ACL(RK)

June 14th/06-(LK)ACL graft recon, screw removal, menisectomy

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Re: Chrondomalacia...what does this mean in every day terms
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2005, 12:11:20 AM »
I have that too. Yes it's painful. I've had the surgery twice to fix it. I don't exactly know what they are going to go in and fix this next time, but I've had that done twice. The first surg was not too bad but the second one was a slow recovery. I think that I took things a little too fast the first time and that's why I had to have it done again. I'm not very sure of the name of the surg rpocedure but they drilled several holes so that the new cartilage could grow.

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